August 5, 2015

How to Make Homemade Ice Packs

In any household, it’s always a good idea to have ice packs handy. From treating aches and pains to preserving meals, it helps to have an assortment to select from. But maintaining a stash of ice packs doesn’t have to involve a trip to the grocery store to stock up. Here are several methods for creating your own homemade cold packs using a few common household items.

Corn Syrup or Dish Soap

Simply fill a sealable plastic sandwich baggie (or use two baggies for extra-protection) with corn syrup and store in the freezer for a few hours to create a cold pack that stays flexible and doesn’t completely harden up. And since corn syrup isn’t a harmful substance, a puncture or leak won’t have dangerous effects.

You can also use dish soap to create a more colorful ice pack. If you decide to try both options, use a brightly colored soap to distinguish it from the corn syrup, so that you can easily tell whether the ice pack contains an edible substance should the bag spring a leak.

Alcohol and Water

Another easy tip for creating your own ice pack is to pour two cups of water and one cup of rubbing or high-proof alcohol into a baggie. Mixing the water with alcohol will keep the water from freezing solid. Before placing your baggie in the freezer, add in a few drops of food coloring to help you remember that the baggie contains alcohol.

Our DIY video demonstrates another method for creating your own ice pack (with a sponge)!


Check out our other DIY videos for more useful household tips.

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